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“Lovely setting but pricey - best for a special occasion”

Swept Away at The Samaya Ubud
Ranked #9 of 870 Restaurants in Ubud
Cuisines: Indonesian
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Swept Away Restaurant offers Special Romantic Hundred Candle Light Dinner where the guests can enjoy a truly unique dining experience with the sound of natures by the Ayung River. Executive Chef, I Nyoman Wiratma has emulated his successful style with more than 10-year experience in fine dining, serving an array of modern and eclectic dishes with maintaining a strong focus on local produce and authentic flavors will pamper you.
Reviewed December 15, 2012

Samaya Hotel golf buggy brings you down the hill to the Swept Away riverside restaurant. The restaurant is peaceful and they allow the sound of the flowing river to play by itself rather than playing any loud music. The restaurant was not cheap but still represented value for money given the quality and the venue setting compared to what one would get for the same money in Europe. Wine is about US$70-120 a bottle which is a rip-off, although the restaurant menu explains clearly to patrons that this is due to Indonesian Government taxes. It's a pity one cannot bring their own wine.

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Reviewed December 12, 2012

Wonderful food and service in a great location.

They cater for vegetarians well and are accommodating of any likes and dislikes.

The restaurant is close to the majority of villas and you can sit close to the river.

Good cocktails and wine.

1  Thank Kelvin_and_Jan
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

The setting was amazing just a few meters above the water of the river. The service was great but the food let us down a little. It was probably too quiet to have a great experience.

Thank belgianaussie
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

We were lucky to find out about this incredible dining options from Tripadvisor.
Based on what we heard from the restaurant manager, we were the 2nd couple who tried out the "100 candles dinner by the river" dining package.
Which includes cocktail on the rock by the river, a 7 course dinner, and lastly ends with a flower bath in the jacuzzi with champagne and chocolate strawberries.
The food was the best among all the great restaurant we have tried in Bali.
Service was superb as usual, high up to The Samaya standards.
I want to give a credit to Ningsih, she's the one who patiently answered all my questions in the email, leads us to such a flawless experience. Thank you Ningsih!

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1  Thank MichelleMeowYiWen
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

On our last night in Ubud, my wife and I decided to go to Swept Away at the Samaya and we were very happy with our decision.

Everyone at the hotel was very nice and welcoming, in fact, I can not really recall experiencing any better service--like a twilight zone episode, we stumbled into a place where everyone was smiling and it seemed that their only concern was to take care of you.

Took the golf cart to the restaurant which is set right on the river. A great setting.

I ordered from the a la carte menu and my wife ordered the Indonesian set menu. We had a few drinks between us. All told, a very enjoyable meal, the food is really very good. Was it perfect, no--the 3 satays that were part of the set menu was a bit cool and slightly undercooked, even though they were presented on a charcoal grill--more for decoration than for true heating. But this was really the only significant food blemish, and was not really so terrible. It only was about 10% of the total food presented on the Indonesian set menu. The rest was delicious.

The only other slight negative were the drinks, we tried 4 different cocktails from their drink menu and none of them were amazing. We always expect drinks to be as interesting and as well made as the food in a top quality restaurant and this is one area that Swept Away needs to improve upon.

We went to the restaurant a bit early, but we were glad of the timing, since we were treated to some wonderful sunset sky views at the tree tops. For about 1 hour, we were the only people in the restaurant, and the restaurant was not full as it was a Tuesday night and low season in Bali.

The meal started with an amuse of watermelon and feta cheese, simple, clean and tasty. Appetizers arrived, my shrimp and pork salad was mixed with exotic flavors and some fruit, a great combination of flavors, while my wife has a seaweed, squid and cabbage salad. She also had soy bean crackers with a nutty dip. Interesting and delicious!
Next up was her papaya prawn soup. Sounds a little strange, but it was wonderful. Not as all like we expected, subtle with wonderful hints of flavor.

They brought some sorbet and afterwards I had my main course of grilled lobster, octopus and prawn and she had her combination of dishes, satay, duck, royal ferns, shredded tuna served with balinese rice. My dish was just perfect, simple high quality seafood, perfectly grilled and served with a bit of citrus. Her dishes were nicely spiced and very good.

Desert was some fruit, coconut sorbet (subbed for the strawberry ice cream) and some Balinese sweets, very nice and simple end to the meal.

We were pretty stuffed after the 2.5 hour dinner.

The total bill was about $150, which is pretty expensive for Bali. The bill was about $75 in food, $50 in drinks and about $25 for tax and service. We felt it was worth every penny, the food was just a good as some great restaurants in NY and LA and the setting was priceless.

We would certainly visit again and would seriously consider staying at the hotel, before dinner, we took a little tour of the hotel and the villas and they are wonderful!

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